Dual Natures in Ceramics // Photos

If you are passing through SFO (San Francisco International Airport) anytime from now until February 2015, be sure to visit the ongoing art display, Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea in Airport Terminal 3.

Two Mindy Solomon Gallery artists, Lee Inchin and Lee Kang Hyo, are included in this exhibition, and you can read more about them and the display on our first post about the show. San Francisco Asian Art Museum Curatorial Assistant Silvia Hari Chang was kind enough to share photos from the recent opening event:

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Sunkoo Yuh // Honored with Groot Award

Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Sunkoo Yuh has been selected as the second-place recipient of the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award for the development of ceramic sculpture in 2014.

Sunkoo Yuh // I want to know you better/ WOR // 2011 // 27 x 24 x 17" // Porcelain, Glazed, cone 10

Sunkoo Yuh // I Want to Know you Better // 2011 // 27 x 24 x 17″ // Porcelain, Glazed, Cone 10

The ceramic sculpture of SunKoo Yuh, who was born in South Korea in 1960 and immigrated to the United States in 1988, is composed of tight groupings of various forms including plants, animals, fish, and human figures. While Korean art and Buddhist and Confucian beliefs inform some aspects of his imagery, his work is largely driven by implied narratives that often suggest socio-political critiques. The Rubin Center has exhibited two monumental columns that showcase Yuh’s mastery of the complex narrative and of the ceramic medium. Yuh’s work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.

Crane Rider // 2010 // Porcelain, Glazed, Cone 10 // 34 x 18 x 17 inches

Crane Rider // 2010 // Porcelain, Glazed, Cone 10 // 34 x 18 x 17 inches

SunKoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.  He received his MFA from Alfred University. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors.  He has also been the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition (Icheon, Korea), and The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize.  His work appears in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, Oakland Museum of Art, California, and more.

Read More about the Groot Award //
View more Sunkoo Yuh at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

SFO Museum Presents // Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea

Two Mindy Solomon Gallery artists, Lee Inchin and Lee Kang Hyo, are included in the display Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea, at the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 3, from May 2014-February 2015.

Translated Vases // 2014 // Yeesookyung // Ceramic shards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf // Lent by the artist courtesy of Locks Gallery

Translated Vases // 2014 // Yeesookyung // Ceramic shards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf // Lent by the artist courtesy of Locks Gallery

Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea features seventy-five stunning contemporary artworks created by some of Korea’s most respected artists.  Co-organized by SFO Museum and the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition explores the meaning and beauty of Korean ceramics in the twenty-first century through artworks by Kim Yik-yung, Lee Inchin, Lee Kang Hyo, Park Young Sook, Roe Kyung Jo, Yeesookyung, Yoon Kwang-cho, and photographer Koo Bohnchang.  For these pioneering artists, creating ceramic art has become second nature. While Korean ceramic art is rooted in tradition, the artists explore new concepts of interpretation, creating a dialogue between the traditional and the contemporary as well as East and West. Read more //

Kang Hyo Lee // My House 2 // 8.5 x 7.75 x 7.75 inches // Glazed ceramics

Kang Hyo Lee // My House 2 // 8.5 x 7.75 x 7.75 inches // Glazed ceramics

In-Chin Lee // Moa 9, 10, and 11 // Glazed ceramics

In-Chin Lee // Moa 9, 10, and 11 // Glazed ceramics

More In-Chin Lee at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
More Kang Hyo Lee at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Sunkoo Yuh: New Works for Clayarch Gimhae Museum

MSG artist Sunkoo Yuh shares these fantastic images of his creation process for several new large-scale sculptures during his two-month residency as visiting artist at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in South Korea. He is preparing for an October 1, 2013 solo exhibition at the Museum.


View more Sunkoo Yuh works on the MSG website // 

ART MRKT San Francisco = Asian Inspired Art

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to return to ART MRKT San Francisco for its second year. Returning artist, Sungyee Kim, delivers paintings that might be described as deeply spiritual, a theme that unifies a cohesive collection of Meditative Works that embody a combination of traditional and contemporary themes.

In addition to a select grouping of two-dimensional works we will be presenting a collection of pop-inspired Chinese sculptures. San Francisco based artist, Wanxin Zhang, will feature a dynamic union shared between expressive figural work and historic narrative.

Mindy Solomon Gallery powerhouse painter James Kennedy will debut a new body of sophisticated hard edge geometric abstractions. Kennedy is a master of tonal painting that is reminiscent of mid-century modern design and architecture, which also elicits an Asian aesthetic.

Korean artist Lee Kang Hyo’s lovely jar forms, recently on display at the prestigious Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will be available for serious collectors of beautifully rendered puncheong onggi ceramics, as well as the newly inspired first time buyer. Erin Parish, newly added to the gallery roster, will be displaying a series of non-objective paintings that showcase her fervent commitment to Buddhist practices. Sylvia Hommert’s layered holographic paintings evoke Mandala like imagery, rounding out this magnetic group of talented artists.

ART MRKT San Francisco takes place May 17—20. If you are traveling to San Francisco, or reside in the area, feel free to contact us for fair passes and on site consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Korean, Narrative, Abstract Contemporary

Since its inception, the Mindy Solomon Gallery has presented the work of contemporary Korean artists working in a variety of media including photography, painting and ceramics. Long overshadowed by the arts of China and Japan, a growing interest has been building momentum for contemporary Korean art and craft, witnessed by recent gallery presentations, museum exhibitions and a presence in international art fairs. From ancient times to today, Korea is noted for its rich artistic traditions, often marked by the use of bold color, natural forms and surface decoration, informed by centuries-old art forms.

Historically, Korean art is characterized by transitions germinating from the main religions practiced at the time, shifts between Confucianism and Buddhism.  Considered one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Korea still retains many of its long-held customs and traditions, developing its own cultural identity and making outstanding achievements. To better understand the Korean way of thinking and its contemporary culture, one needs to take into account the nuances of its history and the cross-generational exchange between tradition and contemporary thought. Mindy Solomon Gallery artists Lee Kang Hyo, Ree Soo Jung, Lee Inchin, and Lee Jung-Do work in clay to perpetuate traditional, academically defined  Korean aesthetic, while creating pieces that are uniquely their own.

Korean ceramics have been admired since the 12th century for their superb craftsmanship and original forms, techniques and design, as well a unique aesthetic. The functional beauty of Korean ceramics as well as the naturalist approach is important characteristics unique to Korean culture; an accumulation of experience, wisdom and a way of thinking over the centuries is still respected in all forms of art. (Above, Lee Kang-Hyo).

The natural landscape and an aesthetic preference for simplicity are of particular importance among the many factors which have shaped Korean art. Untouched nature is still of paramount importance to practice the spirit of leaving it as while seeking to discover ourselves. There is a sense of ease and harmony in contemporary ceramics which is grounded in Korea’s ancient ceramic traditions such as Buncheong ware yet taking it in new directions. (Above, Ree Soo-Jung).

Evoking nature itself, the imperfections of form, texture and fire provide a fresh interpretation and originality to these artists’ work. Emerging artist Sungyee Kim, (above), is creating two dimensional surfaces that convey a sense of textural mystery with her highly accomplished use of Sumi Ink, and mixed media. Her evocative surfaces are only eclipsed by the visual/spiritual interpretation of her deeply held Buddhist convictions.

People enjoy and appreciate contemporary art because of their ability to combine the past and the present and because of their unique characteristics that result through its own evolution. Contemporary Korean art has garnered a place in the narrative of Western contemporary art and has become an active participant in the globalizing art world. Because of the internationalism of cities like Seoul, there isn’t an ethnic marker to the country’s contemporary art, and that is one of its strengths. Without a history of political isolation, like China’s, or an insular culture, like Japan’s, Korea is more globally integrated. Its culture is the most adaptive of all the Asian nations. (Above, Sunkoo Yuh).

Influenced by culturally-specific impulses as well as Korean artists living and studying abroad, a new wave of Korean artists are gaining notoriety, taking from their own culture a proficiency of execution, a dexterity with material, and a thoughtfulness about artistic concerns; individual perspectives on modern life range from chaotic frenzy to a  meditative simplicity. (Above, Lee In-Chin).

SOFA New York April 20—23

We will be traveling to SOFA New York—April 20—23, 2012 and featuring the work of Korean artists: Sungyee Kim (TopL), Lee In-Chin (above),  Lee Kang Hyo (Top R), Ree Soo-Jong and Lee Jung-Do (Below). Please stop by and say hello.